'Application of complex system theories to coupled social-ecological systems' - BIOL 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form
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Supervisor's Name: Frederic Guichard
Supervisor's Email: Fred [dot] guichard [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Supervisor's Phone: 514 398 6464
Supervisor's Website: http://falco.biol.mcgill.ca/~guichard/
Supervisor's department: Biology
Course number: BIOL396 (Biology)
Term: Fall 2012-2013
Project start date: Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Project end date: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Project title: Application of complex system theories to coupled social-ecological systems
The aim is to approach the concept of complex systems theory through the analysis of a simple ecological model. For example, one can analyze how a simple model such as the predator-prey model can be affected by outside factors such as climate change.
I would like to start with a simple example, such as how the interaction between crops and pests react to droughts. Then, I would like to develop a model of such an interaction. After running the model and analyzing the results, I will see whether we can extract a more general concept from this example on how predator-prey interactions react to outside shocks.
Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.
Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Final written report paper (100%)
Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.
How students can apply: N/A; this project is filled.
Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.